There's a reason I don't go to very many first run movies and when I do, I go to the matinee. There is no matinee at the state fair. With a $9 adult admission price, I have to choose my days carefully. Right now, the first ever Bluegrass Day on opening Friday looks pretty cool. Local heroes such as the Saltine Ramblers and… Continue
Who knew that San Pedro was such an international street of mystery? In one corner you have a Mexican restaurant, a French cafe and a tropical grill and sushi bar. Not to mention a phantom German bakery. Interestingly enough, nonexistent German pastries are also non-fattening. The recycled shopping center sign is a testament to the ghosts of restaurants past.
I remembered everything else: a bottle of water, my hat, my car keys, sunglasses, sun screen, my mother. But I forgot my camera. In searching Flickr for Creative Commons photos to use to illustrate this post, I came across a collection from an old friend from Arkansas (thanks, Clinton Steeds!). Albuquerque is such a "small world" town that I accidentally run into people who don't even live… Continue
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This isn't even remotely a formal restaurant review, just a recommendation. Jennifer James 101 will make you forget that it's located in a strip mall where stray mattresses land in the median out on Menaul and traffic moves at a brisk pace just outside the front windows. The warm orange interior and limited amount of seating gives it an upscale neighborhood restaurant feel.
It's not just for tourists. Old Town- that place where we take our out of town friends for an afternoon stroll - is saying "Yoohoo, sailor" to the town at large. My suggested prescription for a Wednesday evening in summer: start at Seasons with a margarita (with their house made sweet and sour - try the Hornitos version at $8). Climb down from the cantina (happy hour runs from 4-6:30) and head to the… Continue
I've been thinking a lot about cars lately. We can't avoid the gas price news and I can't avoid the 4-month Prius waiting list. Or my current PT Cruiser giving up the ghost (hopefully just temporarily) and sitting like a silver toad in the driveway covered with elm sap and wind dust - unable (or unwilling) to start.
I gaze across and down the street and see a large old house with nearly a half dozen chimneys poking out all over the roof. Was it a railroad worker boarding house once? Maybe somebody just really loved fireplaces. This is the view from out front of the 3rd Street Arts Listening Room.
Since moving to New Mexico I have traipsed around the state, landing at such exotic locales as White Sands National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, El Malpais National Monument, Fort Union National Monument and the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (a personal favorite). Yet it took me years to cotton on to a monument we keep stashed away in our… Continue
Koi fish and waterfalls - not the first two things that come to mind when you think about Albuquerque. Under sweepingly pruned cottonwoods at the relatively new Sasebo Japanese Garden at the Aquarium/Botanic Gardens portion of our Biopark, you'll find both. The garden is named for our sister city in Japan and was designed by Toru Tanaka - whose guiding hand helped steered the famed… Continue
I had a memorable visit to Toronto once. The b&b where I stayed was in a neighborhood that still had a lot of old world-style charm. There was a bread shop just for bread. A cheese shop just for cheese. The proprietors knew their stuff and provided customer service in a way that a large conglomerate store never could. That's the feeling I get stepping into the Man's Hat Shop on Central downtown.
I notice that my eating habits take a subtle turn around this time of year. One week it's bison stew and baked potatoes, the next I'm raiding the recipes from The Greens and stuffing feta and cucumbers into whole wheat pita halves. Last weekend my mother and I went out past Old Town to drop into the filled-to-the-gills Aquarium and Botanic Gardens (OMG!!! Baby Sharks!! LOL).…
If you've ever ridden a train in or out of Albuquerque, you've seen the sad state of the cramped, worn-out Amtrak station down on 1st Street. For a town with a proud history of locomotive repair, the largest Harvey House by the rails (the old Alvarado) and some spectacular railroad boom years, this station was pretty tragic.…
I'm still recovering my sense of taste, so this post will be a physical excursion rather than a culinary one. Down south and a bit east of us is a quiet national monument that makes an ideal day getaway from Albuquerque.Continue
I returned from getting my geek on at CES only to catch a lovely head cold. So no taste-testing for me this week. Everything seems bland right now. So I got to thinking after reading a comment about restaurant cleanliness in a discussion - how many folks keep up on the health inspection reports?
The Albuquerque Museum is a welcome jewel in the Duke City crown. Where else in town can you find a suit of ancient armor with an arrow hole, a well-thought-out permanent collection, a traveling Egyptian exhibit and some great pasta sauce?